The Hive is Moving to Tucson, AZ!
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I am still trying to wrap my head around it all, that for the past year I have been so seemingly stagnant and in less than five months everything I have ever known will be flipped on its head. We went to tour the University of Arizona on a Saturday in December, applied by their January deadline, were selected to be interviewed the first week in February and accepted by February’s second week – a whirlwind to say the least. Come August we will be two of four photo kids (adults?) beginning the pursuit of their MFA’s at U of A.
There was no other choice, when years of hard work and dedication culminate into an opportunity grander than your wildest dreams, you take it. I saw myself west (from the very moment I first laid eyes on the Rockies emerging from the horizon I was in love) but the west is vast and I had no clue which way to go. This is why I didn’t run away right after graduation to Colorado, despite the longing in my soul to be among the mountains. With no job lined up and no money to my name, I knew Columbus would be my home for one more year. This past year I have worked five jobs, made work, perfected my graduate school applications and helped form an artist collective (The Honeybee Squad). This year of drive (while feeling anything but motivated) rewarded me by placing me in the path of the photo department at the University of Arizona, a family I am honored to have been welcomed into.
At the end of July, we pack our lives and our cats into a U-Haul trailer, hug our family and friends tight and begin the 29 hour, 1,990 mile drive southwest to Tucson, Arizona, the relentless desert sun, art and the great unknown. I am terrified. I cannot even begin to fathom what this means for my practice, to be so far away from anything familiar, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to find out despite my fears. More than anything, I am ready to be an artist again, my dreams as big as the western sky.